Reacting to the pontifical academy, theologian says teaching of Humanae vitae can’t change

   By Carl Bunderson for CNA Denver, Colo., Aug 8, 2022 / 19:01 pm (CNA). The teaching of Humanae vitae on contraception is an instance of the ordinary and universal magisterium, and as such is irreformable, a moral theologian has said in response to a statement from the Pontifical Academy for Life. Father Thomas Petri, O.P., president of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., noted that even critics of the teaching on contraception have “acknowledged that this was always the Church’s teaching” and that nowhere in the Church’s teaching has there been permissiveness, of any form, of contraception. “This suggests that this …

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What will be your last words?

Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas founded The Catholic Answer in 1987 and The Catholic Response in 2004, as well as the Priestly Society of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, a clerical association of the faithful, committed to Catholic education, liturgical renewal, and the new evangelization. Father Stravinskas is also the President of the Catholic Education Foundation, an organization, which serves as a resource for heightening the Catholic identity of Catholic schools. Modern man is terrified of death and has done everything possible to delay the inevitable and to disguise it when it finally hits. Editor’s note: This homily was preached on the feast of St. Lawrence, August …

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Cardinal George Pell reflects on celebrating (and not celebrating) the Mass

Paul Senz has an undergraduate degree from the University of Portland in music and theology and earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the same university. He has contributed to Catholic World Report, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, The Priest Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic Herald, and other outlets. Paul lives in Elk City, OK, with his wife and their four children. George Cardinal Pell has been a priest for nearly 60 years and served as Archbishop of Melbourne and Archbishop of Sydney, as well as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of …

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Blessed Luigi Lenzini, priest and martyr

Dawn Beutner is the author of Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year from Ignatius Press and blogs at dawnbeutner.com. Fr. Lenzini, who was murdered on July 21, 1945, spoke publicly against fascism and communism, carefully explaining why these ideologies were unacceptable for Catholics. The diocesan priest Luigi Lenzini was killed for his Catholic faith in 1945, a few months after World War II was over. If he died as a martyr more than seven decades ago, why wasn’t he beatified until 2022? The mysteries of Divine Providence and the idiosyncrasies of Vatican congregations may be difficult for us to …

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Heaven on Earth: Liturgical Wisdom from Eastern Christianity

R. Jared Staudt PhD, serves as Associate Superintendent for Mission and Formation for the Archdiocese of Denver and Visiting Associate Professor for the Augustine Institute. He is the author of Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture (Divine Providence Press) and The Beer Option (Angelico Press) and the editor of Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age (Catholic Education Press). He and his wife Anne have six children, and he is a Benedictine oblate. It is easy to forget that the Catholic Church is composed of 24 self-governing Churches with distinct liturgical rites. We lose sight of this because the …

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The Martyrdom of ‘the Most Beautiful Woman in Europe’

K.V. Turley is the Register’s U.K. correspondent. He writes from London. “The Lord found that it was time for us to carry his cross. Let us strive to be worthy of that joy.” Described as “the most beautiful woman in Europe,” she was to marry a prince. And yet that same woman was to end her last days in the service of the sick and the poor, wearing only the plain garb of a nun, eventually, to die in an industrial wasteland as a martyr for her Christian faith. A journey that started for her on the Mount of Olives, …

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Roe v. Wade Has Fallen — We Are Grasshoppers No Longer!

David Vacheresse is the former general manager of EWTN Global Catholic Radio. This is not the end of our battle. In many ways, it is only the beginning. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States of America wrongly decided a case that has now ended more than 63 million innocent, unborn lives through legal abortion. Of course, the atrocity of the death of innocent children through legal abortion didn’t start there. The National Library of Medicine reports that from mid-1970 to mid-1972 abortion clinics in the state of New York alone (which had liberalized its abortion …

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Liturgical Reboot: A Post-Pandemic Look At Reverent Worship

Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California. Msgr. Gerard O’Connor, director of the Office for Worship for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, sheds light on what parishes across the country can do to strengthen liturgical practices in light of the Pope’s new document. Pope Francis’ new apostolic letter on the liturgy, Desiderio Desideravi, arrived June 29, as Catholic pastors across the globe continued their struggle …

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Boycott Disney to Save Your Child’s Soul

By Mary Cuff Mary Cuff is an independent scholar, wife, and homeschooling mother. She holds a PhD in American literature from the Catholic University of America and has published in the Southern Literary Journal, Five Points, Mississippi Quarterly, and Modern Age. As the calls to boycott Disney grow ever stronger, many young parents are no doubt worried that this might be too great a sacrifice for their children. It’s one thing for adults to give up something we enjoy for the sake of sending a message, but how can we ask our young children to throw out their favorite princess or toy spaceman, …

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It’s Time to Clean Up the Mess

By Regis Martin Regis Martin is a Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Martin is the author of a number of books, including Still Point: Loss, Longing, and Our Search for God (2012) and The Beggar’s Banquet (Emmaus Road). His most recent book, published by Scepter, is called Looking for Lazarus: A Preview of the Resurrection. How bad must things get before we can all agree that the sky is actually …

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